I have reworked and pared down two chapters from Seen & Not Seen for publication at the independent film site Cinephilia & Beyond:
These turned out to have timed quite well with a recently completed documentary about Kael, What She Said, which is currently looking for finishing funds. You can help it find its way to you via a crowd-funding campaign.
Two new interviews I did last week, on Seen & Not Seen & Prisoner of Infinity:
This one begins with a discussion of Seen & Not Seen, identity formation, cultural role models such as Clint Eastwood, and an unusally frank analysis of the erotic appeal of cinematic depictions of violence, specifically those against women, & its roots in maternal psychic enmeshment. I consider this one of the most significant, and largely overlooked, areas of psycho-social research (think how it could deepen and radically re-contextualize the #MeeToo movement).
The second hour of the talk explores my shift from movie “autism” to the occult-shamanic pursuit of knowledge, tracing a common thread of self-empowerment-fantasy between the two interests. From there we get into organized abuse, traumagenesis, and the Hollywood power structures, Michael Jackson, ideology vs. truth, and the role of the artist in human society.
A lively talk with Michael Kokal about trauma & the spiritual path to a fully embodied life.